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USPGA 2013 Golf Championship Preview plus Tips

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USPGA 2013 Golf Championship Preview plus Tips – Aug 8th

For this preview, we will again use the official site for all the main detail about the week whether it be the course details, records, history, whatever.. the US PGA Tour Majors site is comprehensive and can be found here

http://www.majorschampionships.com/pga-championship.html

 

The Course

Oak Hill is a great course and although not long at just 7,163 yards, it is a very tricky test with accuracy off the tee very important; it does however offer some encouragement for the long hitters on certain holes as a few offer the chance of a good run and thus shortening the approach shot. The weather has apparently been wet and made the course fairly lush – so drives won’t go so far and the rough is as expected, fairly long and brutal in places. Thus, as with any major, players will have to be on top of their game, use excellent course management and stay focused and relaxed; this is usually what separates the top players from the rest who are great golfers but let the pressure get to them.

History

Oak Hill has hosted many championships but the most recent US PGA was back in 2003 when Shaun Micheel went from being  a serial non-winner on Tour to one of only 7 players who  have a single tour win and it being a major in the last 60 yrs or so – he won in style with a terrific approach on 18 for those who remember watching it a decade ago

Tips

Keegan BRADLEY – winner in 2011 and then T-3rd last year so he is obviously worth checking this year,and the news is good – he is in good form, has the game for this course and will no doubt be a popular pick this week, 38 on betfair could look massive by Sunday night. Bradley hits it long and also fairly straight and if he gets on a roll then he can really get pumped and benefit from that extra adrenaline – he has of course been in the pressure cooker of Sunday afternoon at the sharp end and knows what to expect which really helps

Martin KAYMER – backed him at The Open and will do so again as he is coming back into form for sure and is not far from clicking and then I am sure he will find a win again; winner of this in 2010 so plenty of good memories, if he hits it straight as he can and gets his short game going then he may well be a strong contender, played well last week at Firestone, 60 on betfair

Zach JOHNSON – 50 on betfair is decent for Zach who has posted 4 top6s in his past 7 events including a great performance at The Open of course recently – confident and capable and suited by this track, he is in good nick and should reward each way backers apart from having a shout at the title

Bill HAAS – a favourite of mine and a great golfer again – back him often and with 5 tour wins, he has repaid me handsomely at times – I really think he will step up and notch a major soon. He has been around a while now – played well last week without threatening but could be primed nicely for a big week here on a course that he should do well on, 65 on betfair

Trades

Will have a look and add some if I can find any worthwhile trading ops; the sort of event that can see a high priced player get off to a flyer but the trick is to find the player that can do that and will shorten in price as well as the market ‘gets on’ rather than a flash in the pan who no-one thinks will win

Summary

Tiger has won 5 times this year and is in great form but there are obviously questions over his mental approach in majors these days, perhaps the pressure of notching his first in 5 yrs is telling – this course isn’t ideal for him however good he is and there are others who may well have a ‘major’ say in matters – I have gone for four so far who are decent backs for me as in form and should be suited by the course. I’ll have a look at adding another 1 or 2 tomorrow but happy with this quartet for now, Bradley being the main pick.

 

 

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* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: USPGA Golf Competition | SBB Columns

  2. I did indeed add some other trades but didn’t mention them on here as ran out of time, not doing too badly (Casey, Jiminez, Ishikawa, Blixt all below par)

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